Bulldogs Split Doubleheader
May 7, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Fresno State baseball team earned the victory in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader after beating Louisiana Tech 7-4. For the second-straight game the Bulldogs out hit La Tech with 11 in the nine inning game. The Dogs are 32-10 on the season and 12-6 in conference play.
The Bulldog pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts in Saturday's doubleheader and Josh Poytress led the way with six strikeouts in the first game of the day.
Louisiana Tech scored first in the bottom of the first inning. A wild pitch and one hit bring in two runs as La Tech took a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Jake Alvarez dove to his left making a huge stop and started the 4-6-3 double play to end the first inning. The Dogs have fielded 43 double plays in 2011.
Freshman starter Tyler Linehan recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the bottom of the second inning. The lefty fanned four La Tech batters and has 35 strikeouts on the season.
In the third inning, senior Danny Muno reached base after drawing a walk. Junior Brenan Gowens ripped a double down the right field line allowing Muno to score as the Dogs trail, 2-1. Junior Dusty Robinson drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Linehan sat the Louisiana Tech batters down in order in third inning, including back-to-back strikeouts. He allowed two runs and five hits in five and two-thirds innings of work. He earned his fourth win on the mound improving to a record of 4-2. He has allowed 11 runs in 33.2 innings this season and has an ERA of 3.75.
The second double play of the day for the Bulldogs ended the fourth inning without allowing any runs. The Dogs defense fielded four double plays in the second game of the doubleheader. Fresno State was a double play shy of tying the record of five in a single game.
Designated hitter Andy Qualls led off the fifth inning with an infield single. Alvarez bunted Qualls over to second base and safely reached first base on an error by the La Tech pitcher. Muno loaded the bases with career walk No. 200. Qualls scored on a double play as the Dogs took the lead, 3-2.
Ribera launched a solo home run to right field increasing the Dogs lead 4-2 in the sixth inning. The first baseman has two homers on the day and eight RBIs in the series. Ribera has six home runs this season and has hit three of those long balls this past week.
Junior Taylor Garrison took over on the mound in the sixth inning. The righty sat the batters down in order 1-2-3 in the seventh inning. Garrison struck out four batters in three and third innings of relief. He allowed five hits and two earned runs and has an ERA of 1.67.
In the seventh inning, Gowens reached base after getting hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Robinson brought Gowens home with a double to the corner in left field extending the Dogs lead 5-2.
An error by the La Tech third baseman allowed another Bulldog run to score increasing the Dogs lead 6-2.
Junior Pat Hutcheson and Muno hit back-to-back bunt singles to lead off the eighth inning. Gowens delivered his second hit of the game to the load the bases. Robinson hits a sacrifice fly bringing in his third run of the game and the Dogs lead 7-2.
Louisiana Tech rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Fresno State held on to win the nightcap 7-4.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs conclude the WAC series against Louisiana Tech on Sunday, May 8 at 11 a.m. PT. The Dogs return to Beiden Field on May 12-15 hosting New Mexico State in their final WAC series of the season. For more information and tickets call 278-DOGS or log on to gobulldogs.com.